Greater San Diego & Desert Area
Chapter Newsletter 
January 2020 

Last week, our CEO, Michael Osso had his first colonoscopy. 

Last year the Foundation launched a new blog - IBDVisible to provide a central hub for patient stories, IBD research updates, disease management, treatment news, and much more. (Michael's story fall into the much more category!) You can read his blog HERE

HAPPY 2020! 

Happy New Year! We hope you are having a great start to 2020. We are excited for an incredible line up of events to continue funding our mission to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

Are you looking for a way to get involved with us this year? We have plenty of opportunities to help you meet your goals… whether you want to achieve a fitness goal, be more involved in the community, or make a difference, make sure you mark your calendars and find out what The Greater San Diego & Desert Area Chapter has to offer in the next few months. 

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Meet our 2020 Take Steps Honored Hero,
Becky Gower!


Our local Honored Heroes understand first-hand how difficult living with IBD can be. They use their story to raise awareness of these diseases, raise funds in support of the Foundation's mission, and inspire hope to those living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

This year we are thrilled to announce that our 2020 San Diego Take Steps Honored Hero is Becky Gower! 

Becky was diagnosed with Crohn's disease five years ago after severe abdominal pain landed her in the ER. She started volunteering with the Foundation because it helped her channel her desire to have some control over her disease, to be fighting for cures. Becky has been a dedicated volunteer, board member, and amazing fundraiser! Click HERE to learn more about her inspiring story!

 Join Becky and our Take Steps community on April 26, 2020 at Crown Point Park as we walk together for cures!

Visit to register and form a team today or contact Sara Northrop at or 619-497-1300 x2.

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Team Challenge 2020 is off and (literally) running – first stop Vancouver, BC

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There is still time to join us for the Mike Plant Memorial Run in beautiful Canada! 

REGISTER HERE and join us Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings for Group Training with Coach Philip.  

ALUMNI ALERT!! – Come join the family for GTS alumni runs on January 22 and February 19 at the East Mission Bay Children’s Playground. 

For questions, please contact Tracy Johnson at 917-715-7676 or

Let’s #partyonabike!!!  


Registration is now open for spin4 crohn’s and colitis cures 2020

On June 7 we will be featuring THREE THEMED rides:

•SESSION 1   Country vs. Hip Hop   
•SESSION 2   Throwback Decades  
•SESSION 3   Glow in the Dark EDM Rave  

DON’T DELAY! Themed rides will fill up on a “first registered” basis

SIGN UP HERE to ensure you get to ride in the session of your choice!

For questions, please contact Tracy Johnson at 917-715-7676 or

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Team Challenge IRONMAN

The IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa is coming up on May 9th and we need your help!

Are you or a friend an aspiring IRONMAN?
Spots are available!

Would you like to volunteer with Team Challenge and our chapter race weekend?
Contact our National Manager, Kat Gunsur-Smith at 

Learn more at

Camp Oasis 2020


Camper & volunteer applications for Camp Oasis 2020 are NOW OPEN!

 Dealing with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as a child is challenging and can feel isolating. That is why the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation proudly established Camp Oasis exclusively for children with IBD over a decade ago. This co-ed residential summer camp program enriches the lives of children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis by providing them with a safe and supportive camp community where they can just be kids!

Watch our video and see what your children can experience and reach out to McKenna at or 646-689-1355 with any questions. 

2020 Champions of Hope Awards Dinner

Join us on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Kona Kai Resort & Spa, for the 6th Annual Champions of Hope Awards Dinner. This year we are celebrating incredible honorees who have exhibited extraordinary leadership and care supporting our IBD Community. 

Dr. Brigid Boland - 2020 Physician of the Year Award
Faheem Hasnain - 2020 Rolf Benirschke Legacy Award
Kathy May - 2020 Community Impact Award


Purchase your table or tickets by January 31, 2020 for a chance to win an overnight stay at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa.

To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, visit or call 619-497-1300 x 1.

Chapter Calendar

Champions of Hope Awards Dinner
March 14, 2020

Take Steps San Diego
April 26, 2020

BMO Vancouver Marathon & Half Marathon
May 3, 2020

spin4 crohn's & colitis cures
June 7, 2020

Rock 'n' Roll Denver Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
October 18, 2020

Race in Orange
Anytime; Anywhere

Need Help?

Contact our IBD Help Center: 888.694.8872 or For tips, sharing, and support from other people with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, join our free Community site.

Our Mission

To cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.